ShowDownTown Concerts in the Park

The Bonfire Brewery ShowDown Town free concert series returns to Eagle Town Park this summer with seven free concerts on tap. The town of Eagle and Bonfire Brewing present the popular weekly event, which families flock to thanks to the slew of kids’ activities.

“Pack a picnic for the kids, meet up with friends for a casual dinner and enjoy the great music at these Thursday-evening shows,” said Tom Boyd, director of communications for the Vail Valley Foundation.

The swingin’ Kelly Pastine and the Crime Scene Band kick off the series on Thursday. The ever-sultry Pastine heads up this four-person ensemble, which combines a vintage sound with plenty of rock appeal — expect “Joan Jett backed by the Stray Cats,” according to Pandora. The band even performed on the main stage of the Bohemian Nights New West Fest in Fort Collins with the Steve Miller Band.

The lineup is extremely strong this season, Boyd said. Pull out your leg warmers and slap bracelets for the July 7 show with ’80s cover band The Goonies, who will bring hits from Cyndi Lauper, Journey, Madonna, Eddie Money, Tiffany and more to the stage.

On July 14, New York state-based Tauk brings heavy instrumental rock fusion to the park. Attendees will hear from Denver-based Tracksuit Wedding on July 21, a band that may have crowd-sourced its band name but has a sound — soulful vintage rock with elements of funk and blues woven in — all its own.

New Orleans-based singer-songwriter, bassist and guitar player Dave Jordan brings his roots rock sound to the stage on July 28, followed by Sound Travels, an improvisational five-piece pop rock group, set to perform Aug. 4. The series finishes up on Aug. 11 with John “JoJo” Herman, of Widespread Panic acclaim. Herman is a master of the keys and has a uniquely jazzy New Orleans sound.

This summer’s concerts will feature Eagle-based Bonfire Brewing Co. as the official beer partner. The brewery will offer an on-site public beer garden, along with post-concert taproom specials. Pack a picnic or visit one of the food vendors that will be located throughout the park during each concert.

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Daily staff report